The Ultimate Meteorite Quiz

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  • The terms meteoroid, meteor and meteorite each refer to a different stage in an object's descent. What do we call it as it streaks through a planet's atmosphere?

    • When a meteoroid enters a planet's atmosphere, it becomes a meteor. If that meteor survives the friction of re-entry and makes landfall, then it becomes a meteorite.
    • When a meteoroid enters a planet's atmosphere, it becomes a meteor. If that meteor survives the friction of re-entry and makes landfall, then it becomes a meteorite.
    • When a meteoroid enters a planet's atmosphere, it becomes a meteor. If that meteor survives the friction of re-entry and makes landfall, then it becomes a meteorite.

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